Now that I don't have to ever be online, I am open to being a 2-console + PC gamer again next generation for the third generation in a row [I still have my PS2/Xbox and PS3/360]. I don't really even mind the connect because being offline means I don't have to be concerned with any privacy issues with Kinect. BUT... there is another issue and that is that I don't have 8 feet of distance between where I have my home entertainment center and couch. My whole living room is just 10ft square. So the way I see it, the forced inclusion of Kinect is just a waste of money. I would say that Microsoft should be increasing the capabilities of the Kinect to have it work well from a distance of 4 feet, but standing 4-5 feet from a relatively large [46"] HDTV is not that great as it concerns the visual fidelity.
The fact is that I really have no ability to use the Kinect for gaming and the added cost from it seems an unnecessary waste of my money. If there was a Kinect-less Xbox1, I could find more reason to buy it sooner. How many others have this issue of not enough space for Kinect?